Mental self-rotation is the cognitive skill to imagine yourself in space and to imagine yourself moving — such as when you reading a map or finding your car in the parking lot. [Read more…] about Learn about cognition and mental self-rotation with these quick brain teasers
Are the two orange circles of the same size?
One way to learn more about our brains and minds is to look at how we can trick them–that is, to see how we react to brain teasers and visual illusions.
The brain has two hemispheres, each divided into four lobes. Each lobe is (largely) responsible for different functions. For instance the frontal cortex (in yellow) is responsible for decision making and planning; the temporal lobe (in purple) for language and memory; the parietal lobe (in green) for spatial skills, and the occipital lobe (in red) is entirely devoted to vision: It is thus the place where visual illusions happen..
Below are 9 optical illusions that combine fun and learning about our visual system. We know you know there is a trick since these are illusions… but don’t try to be smarter than your brain. Enjoy being surprised!
(You’ll find answers and explanations at the end of the article)
First of all, what is cognition? Cognition has to do with how we understand the world and act in it. Cognitive skills are the brain-based functions that we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. For example, answering the telephone involves perception (hearing the ring tone), decision taking (answering or not), motor skill (lifting the receiver), language skills (talking and understanding language), social skills (interpreting tone of voice and interacting properly with another human being).
Here are three fun brain teasers to help you challenge your cognitive skills over the weekend, coming from our collection of brain teasers & games for adults of all ages. Enjoy!
Mental rotation refers to moving things around in your mind. It is one of the main visuospatial skills we all have…in different degrees, yes.
Here’s an example. Please picture in your mind an arrow pointing to the right. Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? You have just performed a mental rotation. [Read more…] about Mental rotation exercise to challenge your brain’s parietal lobe over the holidays
Memory relies mostly on temporal (see green area, in image to the left) and frontal (in red) areas of the brain. These may be the areas that will get stimulated when you (assuming you are American or have lived in the US for long) try to remember the missing words in the American proverbs below.
However when it comes to internationals proverbs below you may have to use your reasoning skills more than your memory skills, as it is likely that you do not know these proverbs. In this case, the frontal exercise is more intense. Try to guess what the final words of each international proverb might be. Use your logical skills. [Read more…] about Test your memory and reasoning skills with these American and international proverbs
Here is a fun and interactive version of the famous Stroop test, often used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure response inhibition and cognitive flexibility. Performing well on the test requires strong concentration and self-regulation. [Read more…] about Quick, interactive brain teaser to test your concentration and cognitive flexibility